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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Sept. 9 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312871937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312871932
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,588,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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As someone recently bit by the Carroll bug, I may not be the most impartial critic. Still I found this book was very enjoyable. I understand the swiftly shifting underlying cosmology of the novel will lose many readers. But it is this which drew me in deeper. Yes, the characters may seem alittle too privledged to connect with some but the underpinnings are sound. I like the fact that while Miranda is sympathetic that when the revelation about her character comes we are not unaware of her personal flaws up to this point. The key to much of the characterization is though we like the characters, we can see their shortcomings. How often do you see that?!
Also having read The Wooden Sea first, I was thrilled to see Frannie again. It should be noted that Kissing The Beehive, this novel, and The Wooden Sea make a rather discrete trilogy of novels. While indvidual stories, they certainly lend a certain resonance to each other.
So if you want something that entertains and provokes thought, you can't go wrong with Carroll. Not the best place to start - I read Sleeping in Flame first but would recommend The Wooden Sea as a good place to start - but still very good. Then again just pick one and jump in. Well worth the time.
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I loved the first part of the book, introducing the characters and their plaes in the world. And the descriptions of falling in and out of love seemed a bit unrealistic but still beautifully written and I couldn't put the book down. And I loved the ending and where the whole book went. The middle section of the book, as the weird X-filesesque events start to happen and you don't really understand why, seemed clunky to me, and was not as enjoyable. In some ways I wish he could have figured out a smoother way to bridge the two wonderful parts.
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By bostonreader on Nov. 12 2002
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Clearly I'm in the minority here, but I did not enjoy this book at all. Part 1 just did not ring true to me. First, I found the characters to be completely one-dimensional. Miranda reads like a female character written by a man. And Hugh -- handsome, philosophical, patient and willing to leave his wife! -- read to me like a man's idea of a woman's idea of the ideal man! Second, I had no idea where the book was headed and frankly, didn't much care.
Then, Part 2, the weird stuff kicks in. I didn't care about the characters in the first place, so I didn't much care what happened to them or why. I had literally no interest in deciphering the events/visions/ghosts.
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...I both found a delightful author and a disappointment. Carroll is an excellent storyteller, weaving story within story ... I especially appreciated his German folktale without an ending. He does an excellent job of reinterpreting events in light of later understanding (self-understanding) of the characters. He illustrates the "seven degrees of separation" by the constant discovery of interrelationships between the characters. He easily blends multiple world views/realities into a coherent whole. The result is a book that keeps you reading, awaiting the next revision of your understanding of the storyline and of the motivation of the characters. This revision literally continues to the last page.
My disappointment - the story depends upon an acceptance of a division of humanity into "them" and "us". Given the ordinariness of Miranda in the first section of the novel, I found it difficult to buy into her "otherness" - more difficult to accept than the alternative worldviews that caused the volume to be placed in the "fantasy" reading section.
I will certainly read additional books by Jonathan Carroll, expecting that other books will not share this flaw.
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